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Windows 8: Ready, set, preorder

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    Windows 8: Ready, set, preorder


    With two weeks to go before Windows 8 and Windows RT launch, Microsoft and partners are slowly opening the availability pipe. Check out the pricing.

    For those who still haven't gotten their hands on the Windows 8 release-to-manufacturing bits via MSDN, TechNet, BizSpark, volume licensing or some other channel, Microsoft is making available via preorder the Windows 8 upgrade media as of October 12.

    Read more at source:
    Windows 8: Ready, set, preorder | Windows 8 - CNET Reviews


    See also:
    Prices and packaging for Windows 8 go public | ZDNet

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    I got an invitation this morning to purchase Windows 8 Professional Upgrade for $69.99. I won't mention the vendor's name because I don't want anyone to think I'm advertising, but it is a reputable vendor.

    I wonder though it the upgrade is going to behave like previous upgrades, where you can do a clean install as long as you have the media for the eligible version to insert during the install process.
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    That method of upgrading hasn't work for a long while. The trick with 7 was to install without a key and then install again and upgrade over the top of the unactivated keyless entry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    That method of upgrading hasn't work for a long while. The trick with 7 was to install without a key and then install again and upgrade over the top of the unactivated keyless entry.
    Well dang. Been a long time since I've done an upgrade obviously. Oh well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pricetech View Post
    I got an invitation this morning to purchase Windows 8 Professional Upgrade for $69.99. I won't mention the vendor's name because I don't want anyone to think I'm advertising, but it is a reputable vendor.

    I wonder though it the upgrade is going to behave like previous upgrades, where you can do a clean install as long as you have the media for the eligible version to insert during the install process.
    The new Windows 8 upgrade requires you to have a licensed copy of XP, Vista or Win 7 installed on the system but will let you do a clean install during the upgrade.

    Jim
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    I'm a little confused on a couple of things about the upgrade. In the article it says that MS's upgrade offer for $39.99 does not include DVD media. If I download the file I suppose it would be an ISO file. If I burn the file to a DVD wouldn't that be the same thing? Also, in the article it says, "No "fully packaged" Windows 8 product is available at retail. What is the difference between that which I would download forms MS and the "fully packaged" product?
    I would appreciate it if you could clear this up for me. Thanks.
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    I pre-ordered an OEM copy of Windows 8 (full install) from Newegg this afternoon. They're offering 10 dollars off pre-orders this weekend. I think $89.99 is a fair price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank1 View Post
    I'm a little confused on a couple of things about the upgrade. In the article it says that MS's upgrade offer for $39.99 does not include DVD media. If I download the file I suppose it would be an ISO file. If I burn the file to a DVD wouldn't that be the same thing? Also, in the article it says, "No "fully packaged" Windows 8 product is available at retail. What is the difference between that which I would download forms MS and the "fully packaged" product?
    I would appreciate it if you could clear this up for me. Thanks.
    Check this blog from MS.

    Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99

    After your download finishes, you can choose to proceed with the upgrade (“Install now”) or install later either from your desktop or by creating your own media. If you choose to create your own media, you will be able to create your own bootable USB or .ISO file which can be burned onto a DVD for upgrade and backup purposes. If you prefer, you also have the option of purchasing a backup DVD for $15 plus shipping and handling.
    There is no "FULL RETAIL" as they had in Windows 7. The $39.99 is an Upgrade version. It is a full retail copy but the key requires you to have a previous windows version on the system. They do offer a "System Builder" version which is a full retail with restrictions. Its for personal use on a system you build.

    Jim
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    What if you don't have an operating system installed? Or your hard drive dies? You won't have anything to upgrade from! I always buy the full retail boxed versions.... and don't like this one bit :-(
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank1 View Post
    I'm a little confused on a couple of things about the upgrade. In the article it says that MS's upgrade offer for $39.99 does not include DVD media. If I download the file I suppose it would be an ISO file. If I burn the file to a DVD wouldn't that be the same thing? Also, in the article it says, "No "fully packaged" Windows 8 product is available at retail. What is the difference between that which I would download forms MS and the "fully packaged" product?
    I would appreciate it if you could clear this up for me. Thanks.
    Hi Frank,
    $30 discount covers the cost of the disk, postage and the time you download and burn( labour cost). The burnt disk will be as same as the upgrade disk you buy from any retailer.
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